Center Nick Mangold, right guard Willie Colon and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson all were involved in a big scrum at the end of the New England Patriots' ugly 13-10 victory at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.
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Mangold went low to tackle Patriots corner Aqib Talib, who had just essentially sealed the victory with his second pick of the game with 38 seconds remaining. Instead of just going down, or out of bounds, Talib dilly-dallied and Ferguson went low to tackle Talib as he stepped out, hitting him below the knees.
That set off a fight near the Patriots' sideline that involved several players from both teams. Ferguson was seen throwing multiple punches, and Colon made contact with an official, which is a big no-no. Ferguson and Colon both were flagged for their plays and ejected from the game just before the Patriots took a final knee to end it.
It's not an automatic suspension for any of the three players, but the league made a point of fining Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh heavily for a low hit on an interception last week against the Vikings.
Mangold defended his actions after the game and said that New England head coach Bill Belichick talked back to him afterwards.
Mangold said he thought he made a good tackle on Aqib. Belichick had some words for him. "I figured he would have had more poise than that"
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) September 13, 2013
Whatever his excuse, the NFL might disagree. There could be a few FedEx packages waiting for all three players in their lockers this week.
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